Project Trust’s Overseas Newsletter Decemberish ‘08 Xmas Thai... Hello and welcome to the December edition of Projections and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from all the staff at Project Trust. Thanks to those of you who have been sending in your pictures and comments of life overseas, keep them coming. Our monthly photography winner is David Cartwright, Thailand. Well done, David... as David was the only volunteer to send in a picture, ‘Celebration’ will be this month’s theme too... Please email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org Bulletin Board or post them to the office on Coll. Christmas Fun The last thing on your minds Please remember that before you leave for exciting travels, you do need We are booking your return dates for next to check your plans with your Rep and Desk Officer and leave us a basic summer early this year to avoid problems. itinerary so we can locate you in an emergency. Your insurance policy Your Desk Officer will coordinate the best does not cover you unless you do this. You also need to ensure that Desk time for the country group to return with Officers have your most recent mobile numbers. your Rep, but if you have a pressing need/valid reason to come home at a specific date you Safety & Security need to discuss this with your Host, Rep and As you begin to feel more at home in your host community, there is DO now and get their permission (as leaving also the tendency to become complacent about your safety. DON’T! early is technically breaking your working There have already been an incredible amount of incidents across the agreement with your host). world: volunteers have had bags stolen from buses, phones stolen from accommodation, have been broken into, have been sexually Please contact us any time before the 25th propositioned, have gotten drunk and had passports and money stolen… January. PT will absorb the initial charges And you’ve only been overseas for a few months! Despite your integration incurred. After 1st March you may still into the community, all the warnings given on Training still stand and will change your return travel date but you will be even more important during the winter holidays, when many of you need to pay travel agent charges. Flights are may be travelling. subject to availability book early to avoid disappointment. At your project: check your risk assessments and make sure you have locks on your door, check electric wires and gas appliances, keep All volunteers need to be back by the August valuables hidden. 15th, this is to ensure that you all have enough On the move: Be vigilant, keep bags in front of you, don’t carry passports time to breathe before Debriefing and more and credit cards unless you need to, don’t walk on your own at night, importantly University. DON’T get blind drunk and lose everyone else, look after each other and watch your drinks. Around the world with PT... In the News A surprise visit by US President George Bush to Iraq has Guyana been overshadowed by an incident in which two shoes were Sam Rowland Simms & Thomas Younger have finally spent their thrown at him during a news conference. An Iraqi journalist first night in the bush. They cooked in the open air whilst sipping was wrestled to the floor by security guards after he threw tea made from lemon leaves with the fire burning away. Sam’s his footwear, just missing the president. also been swinging on a bush vine over a creek, grated cassava (a vegetable the Amerindians turn into everything) with locals and A Florida pizza delivery man uses a large pepperoni to fight managed to get tipsy with them on pine wine. off armed robbers - and makes a successful escape. An Italian man who rowed across the Pacific from Peru has Bruce Torrance has been hairi fishing with poison and done to be rescued only 65 nautical miles short of landfall in lots of canoeing. As far as wildlife goes, he’s seen kingfishers, Australia. vultures, tucans, macaws, parrots, humming birds and even a Archaeologists find what could be the oldest surviving brain jaguar’s paw print. He went to visit Sam & Tom with his partner, unearthed in Britain, dating back more than 2,000 years. Matt Purdie and had to trek for two days through sweltering heat, uphill, in a never ending rainforest carrying a really heavy A man who plotted to offer drugs to singer Amy Winehouse bag. The things you do for PT love! so he could sell lucrative video footage to newspapers has been jailed for two years. Thailand Efforts are underway to open sections of the two luxury Luke Rodgers has been rat hunting with a few teachers & hotels in Mumbai (Bombay) that were targeted during students. Apparently you turn up at a field and go off with the deadly attacks in the city last month. ‘beaters’, while the teachers sit & eat on wooden decking. They didn’t manage to catch any rats, which is just as well as they’d Sport have had to eat them. FOOTBALL Swaziland EPL: Liverpool top the Premiership by a point from Chelsea, with Man U and Arsenal a few points behind. Emma Jarvis and Olivia Angwin visited a local fairground, except Burnley are the latest team to scalp Arsenal, knocking in true Swazi style the electricity failed half-way through leaving them out of the Carling Cup at the quarter-final stage. all the rides stationary with the lights out, no music and a This follows Burnley’s win over Chelsea in the previous deflated bouncy castle. The girls also had ‘a moment’, when round. West Brom, Sunderland and Blackburn are in the they went to switch the lights out for bedtime at the hostel, and bottom three, with the magic skills of Harry Redknapp accidentally pressed the switch for the fire alarm. The worrying having transformed Tottenham’s dismal season, following thing was that no one seemed to notice. the sacking of Juande Ramos. South Africa SPL: Celtic move 7 points clear after Hearts were the Laura Graham managed to projectile vomit next to a taxi rank, latest team to beat Rangers, 2-1 at Tynecastle. which didn’t put a smile on the taxi driver’s face. Laura & her INTERNATIONALS: Scotland lost to Maradona-led partner Rachel Crockett are really enjoying life in South Africa Argentina 0-1 at Hampden, while England beat Germany and the project. The kids always have a smile on their faces 2-1 in a friendly to continue their great run of form under which puts a smile on theirs. Capello. Wales beat Denmark 1-0 away, Northern Ireland China lost 0-2 to Hungary, Eire lost 2-3 to Poland and Holland beat Sweden 3-1. Bradley Barrett went to visit Kirsty Shorter & Suzie East in China. On arrival at the project they were ripped off by the taxi driver RUGBY UNION and had to break into the teacher’s complex because the gate The southern hemisphere nations toured the UK recently was closed. and came away with pretty resounding success. England were thrashed by Australia, South Africa and New Sam Irving has been looking out onto a foot and a half of Zealand, while Scotland also lost to New Zealand and snow from his school. He’s hoping to appear in the school’s South Africa. Wales recovered some northern hemisphere promitional video too. Sam managed to come second in the fast pride, beating Australia but were still trounced by the reading competition and has his class of Grade 1s shouting ‘angry other two. The draw for the 2011 World Cup was made monkey’ at him everytime he walks past thanks to a lesson of and Scotland and England were drawn in the same group, singing ‘ I like to eat eat eat bananas’ in different voices. together with Argentina. Uganda CRICKET Christopher Noakes bought a crocodile for about 60p, and England’s tour of India was disrupted by the Mumbai found an old guy who lives behind his house to skin it for him. terror attacks. They had been on a dismal run, losing all Apparently crocodile meat tastes great; a bit like chicken but five one day internationals heavily. There is some doubt with the texture of beef. over whether the tour will continue next week. OTHER STUFF Life on Coll Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark were beaten in the Seonaid Maclean-Bristol has just given birth to her third child, semi-finals of the Badminton Men’s Doubles at the Hong Xander, congratulations to her and Alex. Kong Open. Ricky Hatton beat Paulie Malignaggi in the Junior Welterweight title fight, with his opponent’s corner We had an unfortunate incident with a lightning storm here at stopping the fight in the 11th round. Hatton has now only the office during November. Project took a direct hit and the been beaten once in 46 fights. phones were left completely fried with no email access either. A couple of staff members had electric shocks from their So until next time, have a wonderful Christmas and make computers at home. Doug had a bolt of lightning come straight the most of experiencing it in a completely different through a closed glass window, striking a metal staircase inside environment. Make sure you write with news for the next his house. circular. It’s cold dark nights and mornings here on Coll. Staff are gearing With love from us all on Coll. up for the Chirstmas holidays, with one more selection course to go this year. Desk Officers have all returned safely back from their visits with lots of exciting pictures & tales a plenty.